Sharing it’s name with our absolute favorite, fictitious restaurant (that we can never seem to gain a reservation at), Dorsia gear exudes more class than a sharp-dressed Patrick Bateman while keeping you just as fresh and clean as his personal hygiene products.
Adding modern, street-wise twists to traditional men’s clothing, Dorsia collections typically incorporate American prep, French chic and Italian tailoring in it’s garments – often all at once. What amazes us, however, is Dorsia’s ability to combine each influence without coming off as pretentious bastards with better business cards than we have.
Case in point are the jackets. Whereas The Austin Jacket (above left) definitely vibes towards European influences with the short collar and quilted shoulder panels, it is still just at home here in The States as the varsity jacket-inspired Tommy Zip-Up. While each jacket throws off instantly obvious world influences, both are furthermore culturally ambiguous with the supreme craftsmanship, attention to detail (check out the linings on each) and unfuckwithable comfort. The Austin’s 55/45 cotton/poly blend means total breathability, crucial for the up-and-down temps of the early fall weeks, while the 100% cotton Tommy Zip-Up Jacket is warmth-plus, with or without the zip-away fleece hood. Trust, these jackets will have you so crazy that ATM machines will ask you to feed ‘em stray cats (or so you think… crazy. You’re crazy!).
We’re stoked on buttondowns this time of year, and Dorsia might have gone and produced our latest, greatest loves. The Johnny Buttondown is so basic that it’s almost an insult to call it so, but the toned-down look is simply killing shit. Aside from the white contrast stitching and ornamented snap-buttons, the deep navy blue build gives this rocker a mean, clean look that stands out on it’s own or makes it a perfect complement beneath a compatible sweater or jacket.
The bad, plaid Johnny presents the same quality stitching and bitchin’ snap-buttons, but features a more utilitarian look with the convertible sleeves and super-intense plaid pattern that’s been a staple for rough n’ tumble motherfuckers in the plumbing, construction and chainsaw-chasing industries for decades. You know how much trim that workman look pulls? No matter what lies they tell you, ladies love a tough guy, so at least try and look the part, Mary.
Our favorites for the line, however, are the sweaters, these two in particular. While The Nelson (above left) and Frederick Cardigans share the same 70% acrylic, 30% wool builds, like anything in the world, it’s the little differences that we hold so dear. With the shoulder epaulets and single-row, button closure panel and pockets, The Nelson gives a bit of soul to the soldier look without losing a touch of it’s ruggedness, keeping your dude friends will be uncomfortably envious. For the high-class set, though, look no further than our pal Frederick and you’ll be humming “Sussudio” with unsuspecting call girls in no time. The double-breasted panel is siiiiiick, and with it’s thrill-with-no-frills aesthetic, this is one to wear on the next visit home after mom gives you the “you need to calm down and grow up” talk… or confessing murder to your lawyer. But hey, we’re not gonna tell you how to live your life.
Click the banner below to check out more from Dorsia, and stay tuned for the holidays – caught a sneak peek a few weeks back, and we’ve never looked forward to the winter so much since Santa Claus died.
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